Nuclear plants not needed to maintain grid reliability, PJM official says

Closing Ohio’s two nuclear power plants would not affect grid reliability, according to an official with PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator, UtilityDive reports. Craig Glazer, vice president of federal government policy at PJM, said, “[t]he lights aren’t going to go out” if FirstEnergy closes the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. FirstEnergy has requested a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource program to compensate the plants for producing clean, reliable power (see our May 23, 2017 blog post). Glazer, also a former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, said, “[t]here’s not a reliability problem. If you want to save [the nuclear plants] because of their jobs, because of economic development reasons or for tax revenue, that’s outside of our bailiwick.” For more, read the full article.

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